Canada’s premier international documentary film festival Hot Docs has selected the recipients of this year’s Hot Docs Ted Rogers Fund.
The CA$1 million fund, which was established with a gift from the Rogers Foundation in 2016, offers financial support to Canadian documentary filmmakers in the form of production grants.
Selected projects, all of which are directed by women, were chosen out of 42 applicants from Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, North West Territories, Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan.
The four winning projects are Blue Box, from director Michal Weits and prodcos Intuitive Pictures and Norma Productions, an intimate a portrait of Joseph Weits, one of the founders of the Jewish National Fund and the great-grandfather of this film’s director; Love, the Last Chapter, from director Dominique Keller and prodco Keller Media, about the late-in-life romance of individuals living in a seniors’ home; One of Ours, from director Yasmine Mathurin and prodco Sienna Films, about now 23-year-old Josiah Wilson, born in Haiti and adopted into a Canadian Heiltsuk Nation family, who was banned by the the All Native Basketball Tournament for not having any Blood Quantum; and Subjects of Desire, from director Jennifer Holness and prodco Hungry Eyes Media, about the cultural shift in beauty standards towards Black aesthetics.
“We’re so pleased to support these fantastic Canadian projects with funding from the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Fund,” said Elizabeth Radshaw, industry programs director for Hot Docs, in a statement. “Thank you very much to the Rogers Foundation, whose generous contribution and investment in Canadian documentary through this fund has been critical in allowing filmmakers to create and share these wonderfully unique and diverse stories.”